Tuesday, 03 March 2009

Ellis Park: All systems go

The revamped and refurbished Ellis Park stadium, venue of the historic 1995 Rugby World Cup final, will host a crucial league clash that should give an indication of its state of readiness for the Confederations Cup. The venue has already been in use for the last two weeks as a venue for Super 14 rugby clashes.

The 62 000-seater stadium has undergone a R500-million makeover ahead of the 2009 Confederations Cup and the 2010 World Cup, which included an additional tier at the north stand, a major new parking garage as well as improved spectators and VIP service areas. A major refurbishment of the Ellis Park precinct including landscaping works will continue to ensure a pleasant environment for all spectators.

Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates square off at the venue on Wednesday. The FIFA inspection team last week were pleased with the readiness of the venue which will host the opening and closing game of the Confederations Cup in just a few months.

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